Local bands Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Choir! Choir! Choir! and Local 164 will provide the music to Toronto’s first ever Park Crawl, this Sunday 29 September.
Organized by the David Suzuki Foundation as part of the Homegrown National Park Project, the crawl will lead a Pied Piper procession of people by foot, bike and canoe between four city parks along Toronto’s former Garrison Creek corridor.
Starting off at Christie Pits Park at 11am on Sunday, the park crawl will feature musicians, food vendors and a team of Homegrown volunteers.
Food samples will be served up for sale from 16 of Toronto’s top chefs and restos. Food vendors include Jamie Kennedy, Pizza Libretto, Ursa, CSI Coffee Pub, Cookie Martinez and Oliver and Bonacini.
The park crawl will also feature other attractions, including a canoe garden in Christie Pits Park.
The Homegrown Park Crawl comes almost a year after Soupstock, held in October last year which saw over 40,000 people come out in Toronto to enjoy food and music while successfully protesting a mega quarry. I had a lot of fun as the music organizer and stage manager at Soupstock. It was a fantastic coming together of musicians, chefs and people for a community rally, and this Sunday’s park crawl promises to be a similar experience — the mix of music, good food and an outdoors setting is a recipe for a great party, and a real back-to-our-roots community atmosphere. This weekend is about celebrating and enjoying Toronto’s historic parks, rather than protesting.
Choir! Choir! Choir! will be familiar to anyone who attended Soupstock last year — they are a Toronto choir collective who cover pop songs. CCC have been practising some new songs for the crawl, so expect some fun sing-alongs. Meanwhile, the Lemon Bucket Orkestra, the self-described “Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy-Punk-Super-Party-Band” are sure to be the life of the party and are set to start playing at 1:45 pm at Bickford Park before leading the parade.
The crawl is free for anyone to attend or join in, with food tickets being sold for food samples from vendors. Food tickets will be 5 for $20 or $5 each at the event, cash only. Tickets can also be bought online in advance. Food tickets are non-refundable. This is a green event — please bring your own mugs and plates!
Event Day Schedule:
11:00 am — Crawl kicks off in Christie Pits Park
1:00 pm — Parade to Bickford Park
2:00 pm — Parade to Fred Hamilton Park
3:00 pm — Final parade to Trinity Bellwoods Park
11:00 am – Local 164 at Christie Pits Park
12:30 pm – Choir! Choir! Choir! start playing at Christie Pits, before leading a procession to Bickford Park
1:45 pm Lemon Bucket Orkestra will start playing at Bickford Park and lead the parade to Fred Hamilton Park.
Have fun at the crawl! I hope to see you at Christie Pits, this Sunday.
© Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice
To find out more about the Homegrown National Park project, check out this great video:
Homegrown Park Crawl Facebook event page
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